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1 Virginia Animal Control Officer Training Standards Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services State Veterinarian s Office

2 Training Curriculum Summary Agency Contact Information Companion Animal ID, Behavior, and Care Equine Behavior and Care Agricultural Animal Behavior and Care Wildlife Identification, Behavior, and Care Exotic Animal Identification, Behavior, and Care Animal Disease Principles and Zoonoses Rabies Control and Quarantine Animal First Aid Capture Techniques Euthanasia Overview VA Comprehensive Animal Laws Pound Regulations and Local Ordinances Professionalism and Ethics Responding to Complaints Animal Cruelty Investigations Companion & Exotic Animals Animal Cruelty Investigations Agricultural Animals & Equines Animals as Evidence/Collection of Evidence/Chain of Custody Case Preparation Constitutional Law Search and Seizure Juvenile Law Use of Force Civil Liability Reports and Forms Conflict Resolution & Officer Safety Landlord/Tenant Issues Public Education on Animal Issues Legal Research and Sources Recognition of Child Abuse

3 Training Curriculum Summary Effective January 1, 2006 Core Curriculum Companion Animal Identification, Behavior, and Care Equine Behavior and Care Agricultural Animal Behavior, ID, and Care Wildlife Identification, Behavior, and Care Exotic Animal Identification, Behavior, and Care Animal Disease Principles and Zoonoses Rabies Control and Quarantine Animal First Aid Capture Techniques Euthanasia Overview VA Comprehensive Animal Laws Pound Regulations and Local Ordinances Animal Related Law Curriculum Professionalism and Ethics Responding to Complaints Animal Cruelty Investigations Companion & Exotic Animals Animal Cruelty Investigations Agricultural Animals & Equines Animals as Evidence/Collection of Evidence/Chain of Custody Case Preparation Basic Law Enforcement Curriculum Constitutional Law Search and Seizure Juvenile Law Use of Force Civil Liability Reports and Forms Conflict Resolution & Officer Safety Landlord/Tenant Issues Public Education on Animal Issues Legal Research and Sources Public Safety Curriculum Recognition of Child Abuse Euthanasia Curriculum Euthanasia 40 hours 6 hours 4 hours 4 hours 2 hours 2 hours 4 hours 2 hours 3 hours 5 hours 2 hours 4 hours 2 hours 16 hours 1 hour 2 hours 5 hours 2 hours 4 hours 2 hours 24 hours* 2 hours 4 hours 1 hour 1 hour 2 hours 2 hours 4 hours 2 hours 1 hour 1 hour 4 hours* 4 hours 8 hours** 8 hours *Certified Law Enforcement Officers may opt out of these curriculums. **Only officers who perform euthanasia would be required to take this curriculum, which must be administered by a licensed and accredited veterinarian. NOTE: Instructors for the above curriculums must be Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) certified or considered an expert in subject matters listed in the Core Curriculum and Animal Related Law Curriculums. All instructors are required to address bias free policing in any subject matter involving citizen contact in accordance with published DCJS Performance Objectives and

4 Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Animal and Food Industry Services Oliver Hill Building 102 Governor Street, 1 st Floor Richmond, Virginia Office of State Veterinarian & Division Director Phone: FAX: Office of Veterinary Services Phone: FAX:

5 Companion Animal Identification, Behavior, and Care (6 hours) Outcome: The ability to correctly identify breeds and breed types of domestic dogs, cats, pocket pets, and commonly kept reptiles. The ability to identify correct care and husbandry of dogs, cats, pocket pets, and captive reptiles. The ability to observe animal behaviors and recognize possible abnormalities, diseases, and injuries. Training Objectives: Given written exercises and visual presentations, Identify abnormal behaviors or appearances as indicators of diseases, injury, or illness in companion animals. Formulate appropriate action plans to respond to companion animals presenting these behaviors and appearances within their environment. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify normal appearances, behaviors, and breeds of companion animals. 2. Identify normal physical exam parameters of companion animals. 3. Demonstrate the ability to perform limited physical exam and body condition scoring on companion animals. 4. Identify common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/ injuries in companion animals. 5. Identify methods of disease transmission from companion animal to companion animal and companion animal to human. 6. Identify appropriate safety equipment to prevent companion animal to companion animal and companion animal to human disease transmission. 7. Identify Code of Virginia and State regulations pertaining to animal treatment and veterinary care. 8. Identify environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on companion animals. 9. Identify specific safety procedures that must be taken in handling unknown animals. 5 of 2

6 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Normal appearances, behaviors, and breeds of companion animals. 2. Normal physical exam parameters of companion animals. 3. Learn to perform a limited physical exam and body condition scoring on companion animals, using Tufts Environmental Scales. 4. Common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/injuries in companion animals. 5. Methods of disease transmission from companion animal to companion animal and companion animal to human. 6. Appropriate safety equipment to prevent companion animal to companion animal and companion animal to human disease transmission. 7. Duties of owners pertaining to companion animal treatment and veterinary care as defined in the Code of Virginia and State regulations. 8. Environmental conditions that may have an adverse effect on companion animals, to include: a. The role of animal abuse in family violence situations. b. Early animal abuse as a factor in family violence. c. The role that animal abuse plays in the progression of violence against humans. d. Agencies to which an animal control officer should report domestic, child, or elder abuse and what documentation should be included in such a report. e. Circumstances where there is a duty to report animal abuse. 9. Husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on companion animals. 10. Safety concerns when handling companion animals. 11. Criteria for when an animal control officer may lawfully confiscate an animal and the procedures for doing so. 12. Methods of disposition for an animal whose custody has been awarded to the animal control officer by the court. 6 of 2

7 Equine Behavior and Care (4 hours) Outcome: The ability to correctly identify individual horses and breeds of equines. The ability to identify correct care and husbandry of horses. The ability to recognize equine behaviors and recognize possible abnormalities, diseases, malnutrition, and injuries. Training Objectives: Given written and visual presentations, Identify abnormal behaviors or appearances as indicators of diseases, injury, or illness in horses. Formulate appropriate action plans to respond to horses presenting abnormal behavior or appearances within their environment. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify normal appearances, behaviors, and breeds of horses. 2. Identify normal physical exam parameters of horses. 3. Demonstrate the ability to perform limited physical exam and body condition scoring on horses. 4. Identify common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/ injuries/ in horses. 5. Identify methods of disease transmission from horse to horse and horse to human. 6. Identify appropriate safety equipment to prevent horse disease transmission. 7. Identify Code of Virginia and State regulations pertaining to animal treatment and veterinary care. 8. Identify environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on horses. 9. Identify safety issues in working with horses. 1 of 2

8 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Normal appearances, behaviors, and breeds of horses. 2. Normal physical exam parameters of horses. 3. Learn to perform a limited physical exam and body condition scoring on horses. 4. Common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases and injuries in equine. 5. Methods of disease transmission from horse to horse and horse to human. 6. Appropriate safety equipment to prevent horse to horse and horse to human disease transmission. 7. Duties of owners pertaining to horse treatment and veterinary care as defined in the Code of Virginia and State regulations. 8. Environmental conditions that may have an adverse effect on horses, to include: a. The role of horse abuse in family violence situations and in the progression of violence against humans. b. Agencies to which an animal control officer should report domestic, child, or elder abuse and what documentation should be included in such a report. c. Circumstances where there exists a duty to report horse abuse. 9. Husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on the horses. 10. Safety concerns when handling horses. 11. Criteria for when an animal control officer may lawfully confiscate a horse and the proper procedures for doing so. 12. Methods of disposition for a horse whose custody has been awarded to the animal control officer by the court. 2 of 2

9 Agricultural Animal Behavior and Care (4 hours) Outcome: The ability to correctly identify breeds and species of agricultural animals. The ability to identify correct care and husbandry of agricultural animals. The ability to observe agricultural animal behaviors and appearances and recognize possible abnormalities, diseases, or injuries. Training Objectives: Given written exercises and visual presentations, Identify abnormal behaviors or appearances as indicators of diseases, injury, or illness in agricultural animals. Formulate appropriate action plans to respond to agricultural animals presenting these behaviors and appearances within their environment. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify normal appearances, behaviors, species, and breeds of agricultural animals. 2. Identify normal physical exam parameters of agricultural animals. 3. Demonstrate the ability to perform limited physical exam and body condition scoring of agricultural animals. 4. Identify common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/ injuries and signs of malnutrition in agricultural animals. 5. Identify methods of disease transmission from agricultural animal to agricultural animal and agricultural animal to human. 6. Identify disease prevention methods including sanitation, disinfection, and appropriate housing. 7. Identify appropriate safety equipment to prevent agricultural animal to agricultural animal and agriculture animal to human disease transmission. 8. Identify Code of Virginia and State regulations pertaining to agricultural animal treatment and veterinary care. 9. Identify environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on agricultural animals. 10. Identify specific safety precautions that must be taken when working with agricultural animals. 1 of 2

10 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Normal appearances, behaviors, species, and breeds of agricultural animals. 2. Normal physical exam parameters of agricultural animals. 3. Learn to perform limited physical exam and body condition scoring on agricultural animals. 4. Common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/injuries and signs of malnutrition in agricultural animals. 5. Methods of disease transmission from agricultural animal to agricultural animal and agricultural animal to human. 6. Methods of disease prevention, including sanitation, disinfection, housing, and nutrition. 7. Appropriate safety equipment to prevent agricultural animal to agricultural animal and agricultural animal to human disease transmission. 8. Duties of owners pertaining to agricultural animal treatment and veterinary care as defined in the Code of Virginia and State regulations. 9. Environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on agricultural animals, to include: a. The role of animal abuse in family violence situations and in the progression of violence against humans. b. Agencies to which an animal control officer should report domestic, child, or elder abuse and what documentation should be included in such a report. c. Circumstances where there is a duty to report agricultural animal abuse. 10. Husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on companion animals. 11. Safety concerns when handling agricultural animals. 12. Criteria for when an animal control officer may lawfully confiscate an agricultural animal and the procedures for doing so. 13. Methods of disposition for an animal whose custody has been awarded to the animal control officer by the court. 2 of 2

11 Wildlife Identification, Behavior, and Care (2 hours) Outcome: The ability to identify species of wildlife. The ability to observe wildlife behaviors and appearances, and recognize possible abnormalities, diseases, or injuries. Training Objectives: Given written exercises and visual presentations, Identify abnormal behaviors or appearances as indicators of disease, injury or illness in wildlife. Formulate appropriate action plans to respond to wildlife presenting these behaviors and appearances within their environment. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify normal appearances, behaviors, and species of wildlife. 2. Identify normal physical exam parameters of common wildlife. 3. Demonstrate the ability to perform limited physical exam and body condition scoring on wildlife. 4. Identify common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/ injuries in wildlife. 5. Identify methods of disease transmission from wildlife to wildlife/animal and wildlife to human. 6. Identify appropriate safety equipment to prevent disease transmission from wildlife to wildlife/animal and wildlife to human. 7. Identify Code of Virginia and State regulations pertaining to wildlife treatment and veterinary care, as well as the possession, transportation, and release of wildlife by authorized persons. 8. Identify environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on wildlife. 9. Identify specific safety procedures in handling wildlife. 1 of 2

12 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Normal appearances, behaviors, and species of wildlife. 2. Normal physical exam parameters of common wildlife. 3. Learn to perform a limited physical exam and body condition scoring on wildlife. 4. Common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/injuries in wildlife. 5. Methods of disease transmission from wildlife to wildlife/animal and wildlife to human. 6. Appropriate safety equipment to prevent disease transmission from wildlife to wildlife/animal and wildlife to human. 7. Requirements pertaining to wildlife treatment and veterinary care, as well as, possession, transportation, and release of wildlife by authorized persons as defined in the Code of Virginia and State regulations, particularly Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Regulation Environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on companion animals. 9. Safety concerns when handling wildlife. 2 of 2

13 Exotic Animal Identification, Behavior, and Care (2 hours) Outcome: The ability to identify species of exotic animals. The ability to observe exotic animal behaviors and appearances and recognize possible abnormalities, diseases, or injuries and formulate an appropriate action plan. Training Objectives: Given written and visual presentations, Identify abnormal behaviors or appearances as indicators of disease, injury, or illness in exotic animals. Formulate appropriate action plans to respond to exotic animals presenting these behaviors, appearances, or symptoms of disease. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify normal appearances, behaviors, and species of common exotic animals. 2. Identify normal physical exam parameters of exotic animals. 3. Demonstrate the ability to perform limited physical exam and body condition scoring on exotic animals. 4. Identify common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/ injuries in exotic animals. 5. Identify methods of disease transmission from exotic animals to other animals and exotic animals to humans. 6. Identify disease prevention methods including sanitation, disinfection, and housing. 7. Identify the appropriate safety equipment to prevent disease transmission from exotic animals to other animals and exotic animals to humans. 8. Identify Code of Virginia and State regulations pertaining to exotic animal treatment and veterinary care. 9. Identify environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on exotic animals. 10. Identify safety procedures when handling exotic animals, including zoonoses. 1 of 2

14 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Normal appearances, behaviors, and species of exotic animals. 2. Normal physical exam parameters of exotic animals. 3. Learn to perform a limited physical exam and body condition scoring on exotic animals. 4. Common abnormalities and symptoms of common illnesses/diseases/injuries in exotic animals. 5. Methods of disease transmission from exotic animal to exotic animal and exotic animal to human. 6. Methods of disease prevention, including sanitation, disinfection, and housing. 7. Appropriate safety equipment to prevent exotic animal to exotic animal and exotic animal to human disease transmission. 8. Duties of owners pertaining to exotic animal treatment and veterinary care as defined in the Code of Virginia and State regulations. 9. Environmental conditions and husbandry procedures that may have an adverse effect on exotic animals. 10. Criteria for when an animal control officer may lawfully confiscate an exotic animal and the procedures for doing so. 11. Safety procedures and concern for and protection against possible zoonoses. 2 of 2

15 Animal Disease Principles and Zoonoses (4 hours) Outcome: The ability to identify disease control requirements under Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 2 VAC and recognize common diseases found in Virginia animals. The ability to identify common zoonotic diseases found in Virginia and how to prevent them. Training Objectives: Given a written exercise, Identify common diseases in Virginia s animal population, disease prevention methods including vaccination, sanitation, disinfection, and housing related to companion animals, agricultural animals, exotic animals, and wildlife (2 VAC through 2 VAC ). List common zoonoses in Virginia. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify methods to clean vehicles, equipment, and portable cages using sanitizing procedures ( ). 2. Identify methods to clean shelter facilities using sanitizing procedures ( ) according to agency policy. 3. Identify methods to decontaminate an animal that has been exposed to chemicals and contaminants. 4. Identify the requirements to feed specific species of animals according to state law ( ). 5. Identify common infectious diseases of companion animals and agricultural animals and how they are spread. 6. Demonstrate knowledge of the animal owner and pound responsibilities with respect to adequate care as defined in Identify common zoonoses and how to prevent them. 1 of 2

16 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Methods to clean vehicles, equipment and portable cages using sanitizing procedures ( ) 2. Methods to clean shelter facilities using sanitizing procedures ( ) and according to agency policy. 3. Methods to decontaminate an animal that has been exposed to chemicals or contaminants. 4. Requirements to feed animals according to state law for the species ( ). 5. Common infectious diseases of companion animals and agricultural animals and how they spread. 6. Common zoonoses, how they are spread, and how to avoid infection. 7. Requirements as found in for duties of the owner and duties of pounds and custodians pertaining to definitions of adequate care. 2 of 2

17 Rabies Control and Quarantine (2 hours) Outcome: The ability to respond to and investigate a complaint regarding a potentially rabid animal. Training Objectives: Given a written and practical exercise, Identify the elements and procedures relating to identifying potentially rabid animals, safety precautions for dealing with these animals, rabies exposures, and quarantines. Effectively explain rabies incubation and transmission to the public. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Define the term rabies and list the symptoms in companion animals, livestock, and wildlife. 2. Identify the species of animals that can carry the rabies virus. 3. Identify the methods that the rabies virus may be transmitted and define the term exposed as listed in the Compendium of Animal Rabies Control (as amended). 4. Identify the basic safety precautions for handling potentially rabid animals. 5. Identify the procedure to follow in the event of an exposure to the rabies virus. 6. Define the term quarantine as listed in the Compendium of Animal Rabies Control (as amended). 7. Know the local health department guidelines on bite exposure cases. 1 of 2

18 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Definition of the term rabies and the symptoms in livestock, companion animals, and wildlife. 2. Species of animals that can carry the rabies virus. 3. Methods of rabies virus transmission and definition the term exposure as listed in the Compendium of Animal Rabies Control (as amended). 4. Basic safety precautions for handling potentially rabid animals. 5. Procedure to follow in the event of rabies exposure. 6. Definition of the term quarantine as listed in the Compendium of Animal Rabies Control (as amended). 7. Local health department guidelines on bite exposure cases. Note: Students should receive a copy of the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Control. 2 of 2

19 Animal First Aid (3 hours) Outcome: The ability to assess vital signs of all animals. The ability to provide first aid (CPR) to animals in need. The ability to identify when a veterinarian is needed and when euthanasia is needed. Training Objective: Given a written or practical exercise, Identify the ways to provide First Aid or CPR to animals in need. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify signs of a breathing and/or cardiac emergency. 2. List signals of shock and treatment. 3. List signs of broken bones and identify steps to immobilize broken limbs. 4. List signs of internal injuries and chest wounds. 5. Identify steps to control hemorrhage. 6. Identify steps to assess and control animal pain. 7. Identify safety methods for animal control officers and the public handling injured animals. 8. Identify when veterinary attention is needed. 9. Identify indications for euthanasia and the necessary requirements and documentation. 10. Identify special requirements for transporting injured livestock. 11. List necessary first aid equipment for animals. 12. Identify duty of the animal control officer as defined in to provide emergency medical care. 1 of 2

20 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Signs of a breathing and/or cardiac emergency. 2. Signals of shock and treatment. 3. Signs of broken bones and how to immobilize broken limbs. 4. Signs of internal injuries and chest wounds. 5. Steps to control hemorrhage. 6. Steps to assess and control animal pain. 7. Safety concerns for animal control officers and the public in handling injured animals. 8. When veterinary attention is needed. 9. Indications for euthanasia and the requirements and documentation necessary. 10. Special requirements for transporting injured livestock. 11. First aid equipment for animals. 12. Duties of the animal control officer to provide emergency veterinary care to prevent suffering as found in and the ramifications of failure to provide this care. 2 of 2

21 Capture Techniques (5 hours) Outcome: The ability to identify animal behaviors and conditions to determine the appropriate method of capture and control. Training Objectives: Given a written exam and visual presentation, Identify an animal s behavior and the appropriate method of capture and control. Given a physical exercise, Demonstrate the correct capture techniques and equipment use for animal capture and restraint. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify the various body languages used to communicate behavior in companion animals, agricultural animals, wildlife, and exotic animals. Flight distance, prey behavior, predatory behavior, and aggression should be discussed. 2. Identify the causes of behavioral problems, including aggression and flight, in companion animals, agricultural animals, wildlife, and exotic animals. 3. Identify capture techniques and equipment used for capturing, controlling, and transporting companion animals, agricultural animals, wildlife, and exotic animals. 4. Identify the progression of acceptable force used for the capture of animals. 5. Identify specific animal control officer body language and postures that may help facilitate capture or which may provoke aggression. 6. Demonstrate correct capture techniques and equipment use for animal capture and restraint. 7. Identify the approved chemical immobilization drugs for immobilizing an animal as per Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Directive Define Section of the Virginia Comprehensive Animals Laws related to capturing, confining, and euthanizing companion animals by animal control officers; approval of drugs; etc. 9. Identify the basic principles of chemical capture. 10. Define animal control officer responsibilities and liabilities when capturing, restraining, and transporting animals. 11. Identify the correct protocol for use of capture drugs. 1 of 2

22 Lesson Plan Guide: The lesson plan shall include the following at a minimum: 1. Body languages used to communicate behavior in companion animals, agricultural animals, wildlife, and exotic animals, including flight zones, prey behavior, predatory behavior, and fight or flight behavior. 2. Causes of behavioral problems in companion animals, agricultural animals, wildlife, and exotic animals. 3. Capture techniques and equipment used for capturing, controlling, and transporting companion animals, agricultural animals, wildlife, and exotic animals, to include: a. Techniques to lift, carry, drag, or push a heavy animal that minimize injury, and the proper techniques of: 1. Body alignment. 2. Breathing techniques. 3. Lifting techniques for up to 150 pounds. 4. Carrying techniques for up to 150 pounds. 5. Dragging techniques for up to 150 pounds. 6. Pushing techniques for up to 150 pounds. b. How to use these techniques with one and two persons. 4. The progression of acceptable force used for the capture of animals. 5. Specific animal control officer body language and postures that may help facilitate capture or which may provoke aggression. 6. Correct capture techniques and equipment use for animal capture and restraint. 7. Approved chemical immobilization drugs used for immobilizing an animal, as per Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Directive Section of the Virginia Comprehensive Animals Laws as they relate to capturing, confining, and euthanizing companion animals by animal control officers; approval of drugs; etc. 9. Basic principles of chemical capture. 10. Animal control officer responsibilities and liabilities when capturing, restraining, and transporting animals. 11. Protocol for the choice and use of capture drugs, includes exercise of writing an actual protocol. NOTE: This class would not be a certification class as per Directive of 2

23 Euthanasia Overview (2 hours) Outcome: The ability to recognize methods to humanely euthanize companion and agricultural animals, wildlife, and exotics according to state requirements for approved methods, as directed in Directive Training Objectives: Given a written exercise, Identify approved methods of euthanasia and certification requirements. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate vein puncture, use of sodium pentobarbital, and certification of death. Criteria for Testing: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1. Identify State regulations, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Directive 79-1, and the approved methods for humane euthanasia. 2. Identify restraint techniques and equipment for animal species. 3. Identify stages of anesthesia. 4. Identify appropriate agents for pre-euthanasia and euthanasia of animals. 5. Identify approved methods of delivery of anesthetic agents. 6. Identify appropriate licensure and record keeping requirements for approved preeuthanasia and euthanasia agents. 7. Identify animal control officer safety concerns with euthanasia agents. 8. Identify appropriate safety equipment, including a material safety data sheet, and all state and federal storage and security requirements for all drugs. 9. Identify criteria for determination of death. 10. Identify appropriate carcass disposal procedures. 11. Identify certification requirements. 1 of 2

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